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In a major address on terrorism in May 2013, President Obama reiterated his determination to end U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan in the coming year, and to pursue a counter-terrorism policy that avoids "keeping America on a perpetual wartime footing."  What might such an approach mean for U.S. detention and targeting operations?  What legal constraints and structures will apply?  Moderated by Professor Deborah Pearlstein, a panel of distinguished national security experts considered on October 14, 2013 what counter-terrorism law and policy can and should be after a decade of terrorism wars. The panel, the culmination of a day-long, off the record roundtable engaging leading policy-makers, practitioners and academics on these key questions of law and national security, featured several distinguished experts:

John Bellinger
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Former Legal Adviser to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice

Mary DeRosa
Distinguished Visitor from Practice, Georgetown Law Center
Former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council under President Obama

Lt. Gen. David Barno (Ret.)
Senior Adviser and Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Former Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

Ali Soufan
CEO, The Soufan Group
Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent